May Robson was born Mary Robison on April 19, 1858.
I thought she'd make a fun subject to hunt down in the old newspapers, especially if I limited myself to 19th Century papers. I sourced these through the Old Fulton NY Post Cards site, which is really tops when it comes to free newspaper databases. Unfortunately, because of how some of the pages load it is impossible to label them with a precise date, though in those cases the address of the page at least gives away a year or range of years. If any of the cities or titles sound unfamiliar, these are all New York (city and state) issued papers.
First, a shot of Miss Robson in her most beloved film role, as Apple Annie in Lady for a Day (1933), and then on to the old newspapers:
I apologize if any of these are difficult to read—they did a number on my eyes too! I did try to present them at a size that I found most comfortable. I mention this because the following is the best, and lengthiest piece I found discussing Miss Robson's background. It's from another issue of the Aubernian, same date range, 1892-94: